Loosely styled on Sarnath’s classic Buddhist stupa, this 1962 dome presents slow-moving, half-hour star shows.
The incredible Victoria Memorial is a vast, beautifully proportioned festival of white marble: think US Capitol meets Taj Mahal. Had it...
St Paul’s Cathedral
With its central crenellated tower, St Paul’s would look quite at home in Cambridgeshire. Built 1839–47, it has a remarkably wide nave...
VM Sound & Light Show
Fire and Ice
Self-consciously handsome waiters sporting black shirts, red aprons and bandanas bring forth real Italian pastas, and pizzas with...
The Maidan information
After the ‘Black Hole’ fiasco, a moated ‘second’ Fort William was constructed in 1758 in octagonal, Vaubanesque form. The whole village of Gobindapur was flattened to give the new fort’s cannons a clear line of fire. Though sad for then-residents, this created the Maidan (moi-dan), a 3km-long park that is today as fundamental to Kolkata as Central Park is to New York City. Fort William itself remains hidden within a walled military zone.